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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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Extra Special Red is our tribute to one of the oldest beer recipes on record. According to Egyptian mythology, red beer was used to pacify an angry goddess and save the world from destruction. But according to Doug Odell, it needed some hops. We updated this ancient recipe on our 5-barrel system using hand-selected new harvest hops, for our own extra special take on red beer.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ads135 (2890) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - OCT 24, 2013
A nice, potent ESB-esque beer. Very well balanced, earthy, with a pine bite at the end.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (6148) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Pour on tap at Odell Small Batch Festival 2012, pour is dark red with thin off white head. Aroma had notes of pine and grass, some resinous notes with lots of caramel, toffee, spice notes with a hint of earth and some toasted malts. Taste is a nice mix of pine and grass, balanced well with caramel, toffee and earth, some nice spice and floral notes with some slight fruit, finishing fairly bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDurden24 (1563) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Odell tap takeover, a nice red with some hoppiness making it less malty. Tastes like a red IPA. I’m a big fan, need to find more of this beer. Good citrus and hoppiness overall.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
onceblind (4009) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2012
@ 2012 Small Batch Fest. Clear dark amber with a lasting thick light khaki head. Dank aroma with some earthy caramel, dank grapefruit and some floral hop tones. Flavor is heavy and full with big notes of earthy caramel and toffee, with heavy notes of floral and grapefruit, with a big bitterness that’s balancing and assertive without being too much. Pretty nice and hoppy but also assertively sweet with crystal malts and toffee/caramel boozy tones.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SirADNielsen (8963) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2012
Tap @ Odell Small Batch Fest 2012. Somewhat brownish, orange appearance with a cream colored head. Fairly toasty caramel malty, somewhat piney, earthy hoppy flavor. Lightly resiny, fairly piney, earthy, caramel flavor. This was pretty good but wasn’t nearly as hoppy as I remember it being three years ago when it was a normal seasonal release.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2012
Originally reviewed: 3/11/09. First off, this is one cool looking bottle. I love the 3-D etching on the bottle side as well as the label. Well done. This beer pours a deep ruby with brownish tints. Decent finger width white head on top. Retention lacks a bit, but still leaves some alright lacing globs. Smells of oranges, pineapple, bread, caramel, and alcohol. First sip yields a weird metallic bite that is unpleasant. As I continue to drink though this gives way to the true flavors. Nice burnt caramel flavor, some cherry in there as well. Slight booziness to it, but it finishes nice and fruity. Hops are there alright. Not biting or harsh, but adding just enough bitterness to keep me sipping. I like this beer. Strong Ales are becoming more and more one of my favorite styles.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
emmasdad (85) - , Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2011
I must start out by saying that I miss this one a lot. Pours a beautiful hazy red color, with a nice inch or so of light tan head. Huge hops on the nose, citrus, pine, grapefruit and lemon. On the palate, more of the fresh, delicious hoppiness, balanced beautifully with some good sweet malt, caramel, milk chocolate and in the background some drying alcohol. A wonderful beer that was sadly discontinued.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OD40oz (773) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Sampled at the Black Hills Beer Fest. One of my favorites at the show. Another winner from Odells. This had a perfect balance of pine and citrus. Very good and very refreshing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Bottle. Poured a dark reddish color with a two finger white head that left plenty of lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma was caramel, bread, vanilla, and hops. Flavor was sweet malts and some hops to it. Has a bitter finish to it. Decent beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2009
Thick ruby red color with a sticky white head framing the glass. Smells like grassy hops, tastes hoppy, good flavors in this one. My only complaint is the drinkability is low given the ABV and the thickness. Still, Odell does some interesting things with their seasonals and this is no exception. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-05-2007 16:18:18


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